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    • Thanksgiving Origins- Does it Matter? (Last post by steamboat28)
    • There legitimately does come a point where sensitivity to racial crimes in the past actually causes more racial strife than it alleviates. America, for example, still has this issue very often with African-Americans (which is a funny word itself, but still), because we skipped straight from white oppression to white guilt with no period of healing in between. We skipped a step. And that skipped step hasn't "fixed" racism. And in some cases, it's made it much worse. We need to understand the atrocities of the past. We need to know that Columbus was a serial-murdering genocidal rapist and not a national hero. But we also need to understand them in such a way that we, in the present, are not held responsible for the sins of our fathers. Because that path ties us, personally, to those atrocities, makes us feel personally culpable, even as we actively believe and speak out against them. That leads to confusion at best, and more problems.
    • What makes a Jedi? (Last post by den385)
    • Quote: What behaviors are right out? * Ending a strong social link with no weighty reason ( like stopping communication with close relatives, being initially unloyal to friends/partners ) * Seeing the weak person bullied or being beaten and not trying to help at least at some minimum ( unless there are guns blazing or some force major ) * Living out of momentum in major things, being afraid to ask yourself whether that's your way and to answer, e.g.: -- going to work that gives you nothing but money to eat & pay rent, if you consider yourself a specialist/professional -- going to school/university just to sit there, if your time can be somehow placed better (which i think is always true) -- having friends and relationships out of mere habit * Turning your back to close people when they need your help, e.g.: -- not lending/giving money to family/friends when they are in trouble -- not trying to listen up a close person when there's some big trouble in his life * Having no sense of humor. Really. An image of a Jedi who's always serious seems scary to me. * Living whole life without a single try to make something better in the world, something very small at least.
    • chat (Last post by Edan)
    • I'm in chat! Make my one person party a two (or more) person party :silly:
    • here's a thought. (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: *stuff* thank you. I wanted to say this but was too tired and lazy to cite sources. Quote: Also I did know about the pink for boys and blue for girls thing!! When I first heard that I was amazed at how easily it was changed. :laugh: Want a trip? Girl has only meant female for a few hundred years.
    • Parents Religion and Respect (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: as far as religion and christianity is concerned, you can believe in God ANYWHERE, because he is ANYWHERE. You don't HAVE TO BE IN A CHURCH. This is one of those things that was really hard for my family to understand when I stopped attending our local church. My faith hasn't waned; it's actually gotten stronger. But I don't practice the way they practice anymore, and I have a hard time being around a lot of the issues I have with that particular congregation. The combination of the doctrine, the people, and the nonsense was too much to bear. I heard lots of things like "backslider" and "heathen" from strangers (well, former churchmates who I didn't personally know, but recognized me), and "when are you coming back to church?" My response to the last one was usually a variation on "When God shows up there, too." But my family kept insisting you have to go to church to worship properly. "It says so in the Bible! Forsake not the assmeblin' of yerselves together! And iron sharpens iron!" Yeah. The Scripture says both of those things. But if you look in context, both of them are social benefits of the church; people are stronger when they have other people to help them through rough patches. And I can get that anywhere. And then there's "where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I also," which means that me and a friend playing video games on Friday night discussing the nature of the universe and our place in it still totally counts. The insistence of anyone that you have to go to a certain place or to do a certain thing is nonsense. No matter your religious doctrine, you are your own priest when it comes to your life. You may accept another priesthood over yours, but ultimately, you are the doorway, the arbiter of your faith. Any religion that tells you that you are closed off from the divine and cannot ask of it is a religion that has no concept of truth.
    • Cookie Cutter Jedi (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: He's got a long road ahead of him and the cannibalism might be a real struggle What the...? That is weird.
    • Jedi Movies? (Last post by Zenchi)
    • A few more I missed... [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Edan)
    • Checking in for yesterday... no idea what day it is... 25 minutes of fairly intense yoga.
    • Shambhala Flyer (Last post by Arkayik)
    • Quote: people are not fundamentally good . Kindness and wisdom take practice. I agree, wisdom is generally a product of experience. Kindness occurs in a spectrum from those who are innately pleasant to those who recognize the wisdom of kindness is that it is generally rewarded by the same. I think the statement of "Fundamentally good" is vague enough to drive through with a bus, and likely it is intentionally semantically challenged... It is a simple statement that evokes discussion and contemplation. As such it has succeeded ;) I believe people are fundamentally good, but those impulses can be perverted by pain and suffering in life (not to mention the infectious negativity of someone else's suffering rubbing off on others). In addition, the behaviours of one or few are different than the mob, which is fickle on a scale-of-whuut different...
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Kamizu)
    • Love the title lol. I have something to be very thankful for. On 10 Nov 2014 my daughter was born. Long labor short, the doctor discovered something that could/should have been a major major problem that would have resulted in her death before she was born. What I thought was a nearly painless pregnancy should have been classified as a high risk.
    • In a Sith Bar..... (Last post by Arkayik)
    • Quote: You mean he wanted an Alec Guinness? :whistle: Yes, if I'd have thought of it B) Good one :laugh:
    • Etymology of the word "Jedi" (Last post by den385)
    • @Proteus - I'll answer from pov of my amateur etymology - please, ignore it if it doesn't feel right for you ) 1) The word Jedi originates from "jidai" part of "jidaigeki", where "geki" stands for "drama". So, I'd say that there is no "drama" in being a Jedi :) 2) About translating "jidai" as relating to the "present moment" - IMHO, it's not so. Meiji jidai - that's how they call a historical epoch of Meiji in Japan. So, epoch seems to be the main translation. Of course, etymology doesn't define the meaning ("semantics") of the word. E.g. if your name is "Jesus" (I've googled that it was 0.155% popular male name in USA for 2005) it doesn't mean you can make miracles or even that you're a decent person. Etymology just brings connotations. @Alan Thank you for references! I've seen most of these and you should definitely commit 'em to the "Jedi Movies" -> topic :) @SilverWolf By resources I mean time and energy and conscious effort and meditation to get some sense out of what's happening in the world. News are information, distorted by many things. Politics is just one facet of life. I mean sensing the whole stream of life on the planet - a myriad of flows. Culture, politics, climate, technology, social changes, ethical changes, changes of habits, of style, fashion, trends, economics. And maybe some of this will induce actions of yours.
    • Strict adherence to doctrine. (Last post by Br. John)
    • If the question is can a member of The Order believe in the Death Penalty even though TOTJO as an organization is against it - the answer is they probably can. Merely believing you believe in the Death Penalty as an abstraction is not executing anyone. It may be that upon examining individual cases you won't believe in it or you're unaware of the implications of the Death Penalty in actual practice.

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